Binaca Geet Mala on Harmonica by Sanat Kumar

Mr. Sanath Kumar is an IITian and Structural Design engineer by profession. His first introduction to Harmonica was through Binaca Geet Mala of yesteryears. Sanath Kumar recalls his uncle who used to play a small harmonica. Once, during his visit to Bombay while he still was a college student, he purchased a Blue Hero diatonic harmonica from the roadside and thus his journey with harmonica began. Initially, after several years of struggle to get a harmonica teacher, he managed to buy an audio tape of Hindi tunes played by the Legendary Harmonica player, Milon Gupta, which served as a Bible for him. He considers any player(s) who have played a song well as his Guru of that particular song.

Mr. Sanath Kumar strongly believes there is an ever-growing interest and an unprecedented boom in the number of harmonica players. The rise of extremely talented and well-trained young-players all over India is an authentic indicator of a bright future for this little instrument.

He recalls his first visit at HaLoH in the year 2008. He says it was an exhilarating experience to meet so many like-minded harmonica players for the first time in his life at Indira Park.  We wish Mr. Sanath Kumar all the best for his upcoming ventures.



A. Rajkumar, playing Mera Nam ChinChun Chu on Harmonica, at Indira Park

       Amaran Rajkumar, is one of the founder members of Harmonica Lovers of Hyderabad. He is a retired officer from GHMC (Town and Planning Department). 

       A. Rajkumar has been associated with Harmonica since last 58 years (from 1960). He narrates that he had a Parsi friend named Cyrus Mehta who used to carry Harmonica in his pocket and play. Mr. Rajkumar was influenced by him and purchased a Chinese mouth organ to start his journey. 
     He recalls one fine evening of 2008 when he along with few other harmonica lovers met at Taj Mahal Hotel and decided to form a Harmonica Club in Hyderabad. They decided to meet at Indira Park every Sunday and play the instrument. Mr. Rajkumar says that HaLoH has played a very significant role in promoting Harmonica in Hyderabad. He also stresses that this small instrument has a very good future as he sees more and more people learning this instrument across India.


Lakhon Hain Nigao Mein by Mahendra P. Gala


Mahendra Gala, is palying a song from the movie "Phir Wahi Dil Laya Hoon" (1963). The song has been sang by the legend Muhammad Rafi and Music by O.P. Nayar.             


Vivek Upadhyaya fascinating with his harmonica playing.

A beautiful song played by Vivek Upadhyay "Raahi Manwa Dukh Ki Chinta" from the movie "Dosti" (1964). The song was sang by the legend Mohammad Rafi and music directors were Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Vivek Upadhyay played this song at Indira Park, Hyderabad.

Harmonica Lover of this week - Vivek Upadhyaya

Our Harmonica Lover of this week is Vivek Upadhyay. He is a senior member of Harmonica Lovers of Hyderabad. He works in Health Sector. He has been associated with HaLoH since last 5 years. He is a very good singer too. He is a very active member of HaLoH and encourages young members on how to play Harmonica better. His son Saurav Upadhyay is also an excellent Harmonica player and was a reputed DJ in Hyderabad music circle. Saurav is now settled in Dubai. In the above video, Vivek Upadhyay narrates about how he came in touch with Harmonica, what he thinks about the future of  this little instrument and what he feels about his journey with HaLoH.

We wish Vivek Upadhyay a great success in his life and we await more beautiful Harmonica songs from him in the coming days.




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